SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – As of Friday morning, Oct. 16, nearly 75,000 have arrived at the Spokane County Elections office. With just over 356,000 registered voters, over 1 in every 5 voters in the County have already returned their ballots.
Normally, ballots would be mailed on Oct. 14 and 15. This year, 340,000 ballots were mailed a week earlier, on Oct. 9. Another 15,000 were mailed this week; these are primarily new registrations or voters with address changes in the last few months.
“Voters are eager to return their ballots to us. Normally, today, we would have just finished the initial mailing to voters. Instead, we have received nearly the same number of ballots already as what we received the weekend before the Primary Election in August,” said Vicky Dalton, Spokane County Auditor.
Voters in the region, including Spokane County, should have their ballots in hand by Tuesday, Oct. 20. If voters have not received their ballots by then, they are urged to call the Spokane County Auditor’s Office for a replacement. Voters can check the status of their ballot on VoteWA.gov. The website shows the mailing date to the vote, the date the completed ballot was received by the County Auditor, and if the voter’s signature was accepted or challenged. The site also provides a customized guide to the races and candidates on the voter’s ballot.
Voters are urged to return their completed ballots as early as possible, either through the mail or in an official county ballot drop box.